Thursday, January 31, 2008

Hillary Loyal To Wal-Mart Over Unions

ABC News

Clinton Remained Silent
As Wal-Mart Fought Unions

Wal-Mart Mantra:

"Labor unions are nothing but blood-sucking parasites living off the productive labor of people who work for a living."

Tapes Reviewed by ABC News
Show Clinton As a Loyal Company Woman

Jan. 31, 2008—

In six years as a member of the Wal-Mart board of directors, between 1986 and 1992, Hillary Clinton remained silent as the world's largest retailer waged a major campaign against labor unions seeking to represent store workers.

Clinton has been endorsed for president by more than a dozen unions, according to her campaign Web site, which omits any reference to her role at Wal-Mart in its detailed biography of her.

Wal-Mart's anti-union efforts were headed by one of Clinton's fellow board members, John Tate, a Wal-Mart executive vice president who also served on the board with Clinton for four of her six years.

Tate was fond of repeating, as he did at a managers meeting in 2004 after his retirement, what he said was his favorite phrase, "Labor unions are nothing but blood-sucking parasites living off the productive labor of people who work for a living."

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  • 1 comment:

    Anonymous said...

    Another load of garbage masquerading as news. Give us a break! Hillary Clinton did what she could (as the first and only woman on the board) to improve conditions for women at Wal-Mart and backed their "Made in America" program among other things. She isn't responsible for every lousy thing Wal-Mart ever did and the hatchet job Brian Ross does on her for ABC has got to be one of the worst pieces of television journalism I've ever seen. Ross’ logic is torturous: There was once a bad guy who did bad things at Wal-Mart. Hillary once served on the Wal-Mart board. Ergo: Hillary is responsible for all bad things at Wal-Mart. Are we seriously supposed to believe this crap?

    What happened to Brian Ross anyway? The guy used to have some credibility. Now he only pokes his head out of the muck to slime someone every few months.

    The sheer volume of nasty and unwarranted attacks on Senator Clinton and President Clinton in the past few weeks is just unseemly and truly disgusting. The mainstream media are piling on the Clintons again (surprise, surprise) while the Obama and the unbelievably wacky and out-of-touch GOP candidates get a pass. I'm sick and tired of everyone beating on the Clintons. I supported Edwards originally and I think Obama has some good ideas. But now I just want Hillary to win and win big. A fuck FU to all the corporate slime-merchants who are coordinating this all-out offensive on two people who have – for some unknown reason – dedicated their lives to public service. If Obama does get elected I shudder to think what the right-wing sleaze machine will do to him. You can bet your ass it won’t be pretty. It will get real ugly – real fast. Anyone who thinks the Clintons are the reason for all the nastiness are in for a big surprise.